FORMER Wolves striker Andy Mutch has thrown his cap into the ring to become Stafford Rangers seventh manager in six years, writes Dave McLean.
The ex-Molineux frontman was installed as Rangers caretaker boss just 24 hours after the Boro parted company with manager of 27 months, Greg Clowes on Sunday.
On Tuesday evening, Mutch, who hit 96 goals in 289 appearances for Wolves in the late eighties and early nineties and formed a deadly partnership with former Rangers boss Steve Bull, took charge of his first Boro match.
And Rangers picked up their first Evo-Stik Premier point of the campaign, following seven straight defeats, a sequence that even- tually led to the departure of Clowes and his management team of assistant Doz Garner and coach Mick Hathaway.
Mutch has confirmed he would like the job on a permanent basis and said: “Everyone wants to be involved who works in football and the agreement from both parties is that I’ll see what the situa- tion is at the club and they (the board) will make their choices on what they think.
“Hopefully we can improve, get results and keep getting results and I might stay a bit longer than this moment in time.”
The 49-year-old managed Vauxhall Motors, Burscough and more recently Northwich Victoria, before quitting that position in November. The Vics played their home fixtures at Marston Road last season.
After the midweek 2-2 draw at home to Marine, Mutch said: “I thought the application of the players was excellent, that’s what I asked of them before the game.
“Whatever the disappointments in the past it’s about now and you’ve got to have a bit of heart and I thought to a man they (the players) did that.
“But on the negative side, which I did tell them, it just shows how many lads are actually unfit, probably because they are coming back from injury or are not on the front foot, and that happens when you are not winning games.
“I thought we did enough to win the game, but overall the response from the players was first class. I saw lots of plusses, but in my mind a lot of things need addressing otherwise you can eas- ily fall back into mediocrity. However, I’ll take that as a good start- ing point.”
But there was an early blow for Mutch, who seems certain to be without one of his most influential players for some time, follow- ing a serious knee injury sustained by Fabrice Kasiama in the Marine game. The full extent of the injury has still to be diagnosed and Kasiama, along with suspended Andy Mason and cup-tied Martyn Jackson miss Saturday’s FA Cup first qualifying round at Chasetown, for whom ex-Boro man Nick Wellecomme plays.
Any replay will be at Marston Road on Tuesday (7.45pm), other- wise Boro will visit fellow strugglers Droylsden in the league, pro- viding the Bloods are not engaged in a replay themselves.